May 2012 Archives
Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great summer so far. As for me, I love every moment in Michigan and everyone here is amazing! I really miss my family and friends and I can't wait to see everyone when I get back!
So here at the Profiles for Success summer program, I spend most of my days with future dental professionals where we connect, sit, and study all day. I say future dental professionals because we all aren't actually in dental school yet but we all aspire to become dentists, which I know we will all succeed. It's great to be around people who share a common interest and although we have so much in common, we are all so different in our own ways! I love the positive atmosphere here. Everyone is just looking to succeed and we all are helping and supporting one another to reach our greatest potential in order to achieve our goals of getting into dental school.
Our days have consisted of guest lecturers, a lot of reading, studying, and testing! In a strange way, I feel like I am a dental student right now; and that the things that I am learning, the way I am dressed (there's a dress code), the way that my days are structured, are similar to that of a dental student's daily activity. This really inspires me. Every day, when I walk into the University of Michigan Dental building I think, "wow, I'm actually literally going to Dental School". It's very refreshing but I know that I cannot lose my focus and I must remember what I need to accomplish before I can daydream that far into my future; which is scoring a competitive DAT (standardized test) score.
Program aside, I've been having a hard time staying motivated for my volleyball team and preseason right now because all I can think about is studying and getting into dental school (maybe that is just an excuse because I think I'm really just being lazy :P). I know what I am capable of and I am going to push myself so when preseason comes, I will be physically fit and mentally ready for all the challenges my coach will put upon us. I am ready! I found a few athletes to work out with but I have been having a back problem for a couple of weeks now. I am nursing myself back to health and I am ready to perform!
Below is a video of me canoeing in Ann Arbor talking about my experience. Don't laugh at me! :P I've always wanted to canoe or kayak and after this experience, I can't wait go bungee-jumping, skydiving, scuba diving, water rafting, and MORE! What are some activities that you want to do this summer?
So, right now I am sitting at the airport on my layover to Detroit! I did not at all sleep last night because I was still finishing up some work and I was also packing. Let's just say I had a very long morning! My flight from Boston was scheduled to depart at 10:25 AM but of course, my dad being...well, being my dad, made us leave our home at 4 o'clock AM! Along with an early commute to the airport, I had mistakenly forgotten my flight information, thinking I would just be able to print my information when I got to the airport. However, I forgot to check which airlines I was flying with, which determined the terminal my dad would have to take me to.
After numerous phone calls I ended up being dropped off at the wrong terminal, going up and down the escalators with two huge suitcases like a crazy woman with tons of questions. I eventually found my way to the correct terminal to get checked in. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, the lady checking my birth certificate, college ID, and debit card gave me a scare when she demanded to see my government ID, which was in the wallet that I lost a couple of weeks ago. Luckily, the amount of identification I had with me was valid enough that they didn't give me any trouble.
By the time I got to my departure gate, I was beat and I wanted to sleep, hoping that I would hear my flight when they boarded the plane. I didn't miss the plane, however when I got to Chicago for the layover and walked across the airport to my gate, they told me I was not scheduled to be on that flight and in fact, I was scheduled to fly on a completely different airline. I was going crazy at this point, thinking that I only had half an hour to run to the correct terminal to find my flight information. Luckily I had time to get to my terminal and gate and now, I am sitting at the airport on my layover to Detroit for the Profiles for Success Pre-dental Program at the University of Michigan!
I will be spending seven weeks at the University of Michigan to further explore the dentistry field with clinical, literature, and research exposure. In addition to that I will also work with other pre-dental students to prepare for the DATs, which is a standardized exam required for application to dental school. Well, my flight is boarding now, but I will most definitely be posting more about this amazing once in a life time opportunity soon!
What are you doing this summer?
The new Eboard of SGA '12-'13 (from right to left):
Like Minds Co-Chair: Amy Concannon, VP of Finance Elect: Abigail Field, VP of Student Affairs: Sandy Lor (me), VP of Internal Affairs: Roxanne Groomer, President: Stormy Walker, VP of Communications: Chloe Davis, VP of Academic Affairs: Priyal Goyal, VP of Finance: Kaleigh Duggan, Like Minds Co-Chair: Ahalia Persaud (not pictured: VP of Marketing: Megan Chamberlin)
Simmons College Leadership Recognition Ceremony is an event at Simmons hosted by the Student Government Association where student leaders are recognized. This year's theme was Students Celebrating Students and is one of my favorite events at Simmons!
Molly Maidman, the VP of Academic Affairs for 2011-2012, and I have been planning the LRC for five months to celebrate the hard work of our peers! It was such a magical event and it was great to see everyone come together and celebrate each other. I learned so much from Molly this year, and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to work with her! Believe me when I say, she is amazing!
If you can't tell already, I love SGA and the people that I work with. The Executive Board this year is one of the strongest E-boards that I have ever been a part of. Everyone truly cares about each other and we really support each other. I am so glad that I was part of something so special. This year I was reelected as the the VP of Student Affairs, and I am honored that the student body is putting their trust in me to voice and address their concerns. After one year of experience serving as a senator and my previous experience of being the VP of Student Affairs, I definitely have some new goals for myself for the upcoming year.
Goals for my position as the VP of Student Affairs:
In this video is the new SGA E-Board 2012-2013 for the upcoming academic year!
Congratulations to all the student leaders and all the award recipients! Molly and I extend our special thanks to our advisor Susan Chudd, Director of Office of Student Leadership & Activities the SGA 2011-2012 E-Board members, the Simmons staff, administrators, and the Office of Student Life that supported us and made this event possible!
Two more days of classes, and then the finals week finally begins! It's amazing how time has flown this semester, even though it was definitely one of the hardest I've ever been through. Luckily, I will be continuing at both of my internships this summer, and will be taking two classes! I'm really excited to be in Boston for the summer, since I've never really experienced Boston at that time! Also, UHMAZING NEWS! I'm graduating next year! I have worked so hard, and it's finally paying off! I can not wait! Yay!
Here is a quick video of some ASGA friends we made from Alabama at Independence Hall in the historical city of Philly!
Hey all! It's been a while since I've been on my blog! I'll probably be posting more often now since I have to fill you in on everything that has been going on! :) As you may or may not recall, I am the Vice President of Student Affairs of the Student Government Association and two weeks ago, I had the great opportunity to attend the American Student Government Association (ASGA) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the President of Simmons SGA, Samantha Schenk! It was such a great and eye opening experience for me. There were over 15 different colleges from all over the country who came, and I made some great friends there that I know I will keep in touch with; especially to connect about student government!
Going into the conference, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was that I was excited to learn how to improve our student government, and I was interested as to how other colleges and institutions ran their SGAs. To my surprise, many of the colleges had a completely different student government system compared to ours! Some SGAs were made up of 15 people while others included 130 members! During the workshops, I learned how to get the SGA more known on campus, and I received many tips to improve voting outcome and encouragement of contested elections.
A presenter talked about branding SGA on campus. One of his (more radical) ideas was to create a charity/community service event where the SGA Executive-Board would wear business attire to the event, strip down to the underwear, SPRINT back to their dorm and wear SGA under wears that say "SGA...We've got you covered"! This blew everyone's mind.
Philadelphia was a blast! Wish you could've been there!